a bridge for carrying a road, railroad, etc., over a valley or the like, consisting of a number of short spans.


Origin of viaduct

1810–20; < Latin via way + (aque)duct Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for viaduct

Contemporary Examples of viaduct

  • Meanwhile, four young women were walking under a South Side viaduct on Monday evening when a gunman rode up on a bicycle.

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    Obama, Why Aren’t You in Chiraq?

    Michael Daly

    July 9, 2014

Historical Examples of viaduct

  • All this time the papers were busy with the viaduct scandal.

  • And to think that that morning they had been near blowing up the viaduct at Dannemarie!

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • We had come out from the shadow of the viaduct, and he halted as I spoke.

    Against Odds

    Lawrence L. Lynch

  • The viaduct was 17 ft. wide over all, and consisted of two 100-ft.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • Between Thoule and Cannes the railway crosses the viaduct of the Siagne.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons

British Dictionary definitions for viaduct



a bridge, esp for carrying a road or railway across a valley, etc, consisting of a set of arches supported by a row of piers or towers

Word Origin for viaduct

C19: from Latin via way + dūcere to bring, on the model of aqueduct
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Word Origin and History for viaduct

1816, from Latin via "road" (see via) + -duct as in aqueduct. French viaduc is an English loan-word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper